$120 for 4 consecutive weeks

Deadline for registration is 7 PM on the day before the first class. Any registrations received after 7 PM the night before the first class of the session will receive the pre-recorded video of the first class (or classes missed if session already began). Be sure to include your email address.

The Expressive Figure is a course which helps the artist to develop techniques of volumetric visualization and utilizes the expressive figure sketch as a stimulus for creative development. Using a direct feed and video archive, along with footage of live drawing demonstration, the class features discussion on drawing theory, human anatomy, figural composition, and various non traditional media techniques. There will also be a sculptural component using clay and armature. Homework and Critique will be encouraged. The human figure remains the most powerful metaphor the visual artist has for expressing the human condition. As inspiration for the sketch it initiates the image conjuring process, providing the artist a beginning point. The sketch becomes the visual concept still in a state of flux between inception and ultimate clarification in a finished drawing.

The Expressive Figure explores the psychology of seeing, what Da Vinci refers to as saper vedere: knowing how to see. It’s also about data transfer, messaging, visual trajectories and above all communication. It’s about how the artist can transcribe their expression into a visual reality that others can engage with. We will explore simplification of mass, texture and pattern, as well as the importance of composition.

The Expressive Figure focuses on designing a personal workflow for expressive drawing through visualization and the expressive sketch. This course provides the visualization techniques with component exercises, the lectures on drawing theory, studio techniques, human anatomy, figural composition, materials of the artist, and workflow management and as such might be separate courses by themselves. This class can provide an introductory foundation for artistic excellence as completion of the course with component exercises and readings will allow the student to…
1. Communicate effectively using an array of spatial visualization and psycho-motor manipulation skills.
2. Introduction to knowledge of human and comparative anatomy.
3. Introduction to studio techniques and fabrication.
3. Formulate strategies to locate, evaluate, and apply information.
5. Demonstrate knowledge of art historical precedents including diverse cultures as well as global and historical perspectives.
6. Adapt and integrate experimental and classical techniques and technologies effectively.
7. Demonstrate knowledge of the psychology and biology of seeing.
8. Create a coherently evolving body of work that advances a personal vocabulary and vision

Thursday, 10 AM.  September 24, October 1, 8, and 15. Register for this session below.